Jennifer Gareis

Gareis in 2013, photo by kathclick/

Birth Name: Jennifer Lynne Gareis

Place of Birth: Lancaster, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 1, 1970

*37.5% British Isles [Irish, English]
*37.5% German
*25% Italian/Sicilian

Jennifer Gareis is an American actress and beauty pageant contestant.

She is married to Bobby Ghassemieh, with whom she has two children.

Jennifer’s paternal grandfather was Louis Calvin Gareis (the son of Otto Carl/Karl Gareis and Rosina Beinmuller/Bienmuller). Louis was born in Baltimore, Maryland. Otto was born in Maryland, to German parents from Enchenreuth, Helmbrechts, Bavaria, and Querfurt, Saxony-Anhalt, respectively, Johann Adam Gareis and Auguste Sophia Schreiber. Rosina was the daughter of Andreas Bienmuller and Rosina Schiffler, and was from Wassenbach, Germany.

Jennifer’s paternal grandmother was Edna Cecelia Nester (the daughter of John P. Nester and Susan/Susanna Brown). Edna was born in New Jersey. Susan was the daughter of Thomas Henry Brown and Susannah Floyd, and had recent English ancestry.

Jennifer’s maternal grandfather was Edgar Peter Feige, Jr. (the son of Edgar Peter Feige, Sr., and Ruth Elizabeth McGrane). Jennifer’s grandfather Edgar was born in Maryland. Jennifer’s great-grandfather Edgar was the son of August John Feige, who was born in Maryland, respectively to parents from Schwarzenau and Beinerstadt, Thuringia, Prussia, now Germany; and of Mary/Mare Nolte, who was also born in Maryland, also to German parents. Jennifer’s great-grandmother Ruth was born in Maryland, and had recent Irish and English ancestry. She was the daughter of William F. McGrane and Mary Molly Holmes.

Jennifer’s maternal grandmother was Josephine Concetta Ferruggio/Farruggio (the daughter of Pietro “Peter” Ferruggio/Farruggio and Sebastiana Tringali). Josephine was born in Maryland. Pietro was originally from Canicattì, Sicily, Italy, and was the son of Vincenzo Farruggio and Giuseppe/Giuseppina La Lomia. Sebastiana was born in Militello in Val di Catania, Sicily, the daughter of Salvatore Tringali and Concetta Bellistri.

Jennifer is a third cousin, once removed, of actor Joe Mantegna. Her maternal great-great-grandfather Salvatore Tringali was the brother of Joe’s paternal great-grandmother Lenora/Leonarda Tringali.

Sources: Obituary of Jennifer’s paternal grandfather, Louis Calvin Gareis –

Jennifer’s paternal-great-grandfather, John P. Nester, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Jennifer’s maternal grandfather, Edgar Peter Feige, Jr., on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Jennifer’s maternal great-grandfather, Edgar Peter Feige, Sr., on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Obituaries of Jennifer’s maternal grandmother, Josephine Concetta (Ferruggio/Farruggio) Feige –

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